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Knowshon Moreno | Running Back

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: Georgia
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Knowshon Moreno's one-year contract with the Dolphins has a base value of $3 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus.
It's a backup or committee back-type deal. Moreno's base salary is $1.975 million, with another $500,000 roster bonus, and $300,000 more in per-game roster bonuses. Moreno projects as a competitor for playing time, along with Lamar Miller. We also wouldn't be shocked if Miami drafted a tailback in May. Mar 28 - 3:47 PM

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New Dolphins OC Bill Lazor has a run-heavy background dating back to his 2004-2007 run as an offensive assistant on Joe Gibbs' staff.

Gibbs' offenses with Lazor on staff finished 12th, fourth, eighth, and fifth in the NFL in rushing attempts. After stints in Seattle and at the University of Virginia, Lazor worked on Chip Kelly's Eagles staff last year, and Philly ranked fourth in rushing attempts. Lazor's offense figures to differ dramatically from ex-Fins OC Mike Sherman's pass-centric, sack-prone "attack." Read more on every AFC offense in Evan Silva's Team-by-Team Notes, accessible at the link below.
Mar 27 - 11:14 PM

Dolphins agreed to terms with RB Knowshon Moreno, formerly of the Broncos, on a one-year contract.

According to's Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth "about" $3 million. Moreno let a week pass between his visit and signing, but couldn't drum up any other interest. Although the Broncos were open to re-signing Moreno, he made no other visits. Teams saw through Moreno's Peyton Manning-inflated stats, but he's still a solid signing for a Dolphins team that had one of the league's worst backfields last season. Moreno gets what's blocked, catches passes and holds his own in blitz pick up. There's a strong chance he enters Week 1 as the Dolphins' No. 1 running back. Daniel Thomas is on the hot seat.
Mar 27 - 3:07 PM

Broncos coach John Fox stated on ESPN's NFL Insiders Monday that Denver is "definitely" open to re-signing free agent Knowshon Moreno.

This has become more and more clear as free agency has progressed. The Dolphins are the only team to have shown interest in Moreno to this point, and he left his Miami visit without a deal. Moreno stated publicly in February that his preference is to re-sign with Denver. As other NFL teams do not envision Moreno as a starting-caliber talent, the Broncos remain his ideal landing spot. He'd get another chance to hold off 2013 second-round pick Montee Ball for carries.
Mar 24 - 3:53 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "remain interested" in free agent Knowshon Moreno, and that the sides have had "continued discussions" since Moreno's Friday visit.

A deal would make sense for both sides. Moreno has generated no other known interest, and would be an obvious upgrade on Daniel Thomas. There's a good chance he'd start out the season as Miami's No. 1 back.
Mar 24 - 2:10 PM

Free agent Knowshon Moreno left his visit with Miami without a contract.

The Dolphins are Moreno's first known visit, but it's not clear how much interest they have with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas returning. Moreno is Rotoworld's No. 2 running back remaining in free agency, behind only Andre Brown.
Mar 21 - 8:21 PM

Free agent Knowshon Moreno will visit the Dolphins on Friday.

It's Moreno's first-known visit of free agency, and likely a sign that his price is coming down. It's also a sign that the Dolphins won't be content to enter 2014 with same 1-2 "punch" of Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. Despite his chilly market and limited production without Peyton Manning under center, Moreno would be the favorite to start in Miami, at least in Week 1.
Mar 20 - 5:35 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said there's "no question we have to be better in the run game."

It suggests that Elway was not happy with the performance of free agent Knowshon Moreno, who averaged 4.30 YPC last season while facing extremely run-friendly defensive fronts. We haven't heard a single peep of interest around the league regarding Moreno and ESPN's Jeff Legwold says the Broncos "haven't made much of a move" to bring him back.
Mar 20 - 12:34 PM

The Broncos have reportedly had no negotiations with free agent Knowshon Moreno.

Moreno is going to shop his breakout 2013 campaign on the open market. Of course, there's not going to be very much demand for a player that was a bust until going nuts in a Peyton Manning offense. If Moreno is disappointed with his offers, he could come crawling back to the Broncos.
Mar 11 - 7:01 PM

A source who "actively worked the phones" on the first day of the NFL's free-agency negotiating period Saturday noted to that "there's currently no market for running backs."

This really shouldn't be a surprise because running back is a replaceable position in the NFL, and the only above-replacement-level talents in this year's class are Ben Tate and Darren McFadden. Both have checkered injury track records. If Knowshon Moreno's price stays low enough, we could see him staying in Denver. It'd be a concern for Montee Ball's 2014 fantasy outlook.
Mar 8 - 10:40 PM

Free agent Knowshon Moreno says he would prefer to re-sign with the Broncos.

"We'll see what happens in the offseason and hopefully I'm still here with this team," Moreno said. "I'm still part of the Broncos and that's all good right now. We'll see what happens with the rest." Moreno won't break the bank -- perhaps commanding no more than $3 million per year -- but Denver has Montee Ball, C.J. Anderson, and Ronnie Hillman locked in at far cheaper price tags.
Feb 9 - 1:56 PM

The Denver Post considers free agent Knowshon Moreno's "early estimated market value" to be $4 million per year.

This seems like a highly optimistic projection, presumably based on Steven Jackson's three-year, $12 million contract signed with the Falcons last offseason. We expect this year's free agent running back class to be rudely disappointed, from Ben Tate on down. And Moreno is somewhere between the third and seventh best back in the group. He's a red-light risk after struggling throughout his career before "breaking out" in Peyton Manning's offense.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 7 - 1:33 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Broncos executive VP John Elway hinted he has every intention of letting free agent Knowshon Moreno reach the open market.

"We'll see how things flesh out," Elway said of Moreno's Broncos future. "We have some young backs. ... It's a position we have a lot of good competition." The Broncos have Montee Ball, C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman to fall back on if Moreno walks. Although Moreno should be affordable — almost every running back is — he's likely played his last snap as a Bronco.
Feb 4 - 8:29 PM

Knowshon Moreno was limited to five carries for 17 yards and 20 yards on three catches in Super Bowl 48.

Moreno's most notable contribution was recovering C Manny Ramirez's botched snap for a safety. It was a heads-up play by Moreno, saving five points. The Broncos didn't so much as get a first down until 10:30 in the second quarter, on a Moreno third-down run. As Denver went to the half trailing 22-0, their run game was a Super Bowl non-factor, and Moreno missed most of the second half with a back injury. We suspect he'll be fine in a few days. His career renaissance largely the product of Peyton Manning's pre-snap dominance, Moreno will be a high-risk signing in 2014 free agency. The Broncos don't expect him back.
Feb 2 - 10:00 PM

Knowshon Moreno (ribs) is listed as probable for the Super Bowl.

Despite being listed as questionable on the injury report last week, Moreno's status was never in doubt. He'll start and get the majority of carries against the Seahawks, with Montee Ball playing in a change-of-pace role.
Jan 31 - 7:24 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ryan Tannehill
2Matt Moore
3Pat Devlin
4Jordan Rodgers
RB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
3Daniel Thomas
4Marcus Thigpen
5Mike Gillislee
GLB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
3RB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
WR11Mike Wallace
2Rishard Matthews
3Armon Binns
4Kevin Cone
WR21Brian Hartline
2Brandon Gibson
3Damian Williams
4Ryan Spadola
5Michael Rios
WR31Brandon Gibson
TE1Charles Clay
2Dion Sims
3Michael Egnew
4Kyle Miller
5Emmanuel Ogbuehi
K1Caleb Sturgis